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Story Telling

Updated 08/18/2017












    Why Leaders (and Interviewers) Need To Be Good Story Tellers  Forbes                     09/10/2016
Telling a story is a powerful tool to transfer information to others. Condensing the
message you want people to hear takes planning but a compelling story can be
delivered within a few minutes in Behavioral Interview Questions using the normal
response format of Problem - Action - Result. Start by discussing the problem that
was realized (and if you discovered it showing additional value you bring).  What did
you do to resolve this problem, who was involved that you engaged, what did they
do under your direction, and how long did it all take.  Where there any other
problems that were resolved?  Then outline the results of your effort and how they
were successful and who all benefited from your abilities.  Target your talk to 2-3
minutes for your talk.  It is appropriate to have these factual "stories" ready to use
which adds to your credibility.  Employers need people who can solve problems and
people who can direct others to be successful.

         NOTE:   The response format also include Situation - Task - Action - Result
                      This format is sometimes easier for people to follow plus it allows
                      you to seperate the Problem into the Sitatuion that created the need
                      and the Task in how you worked the problem.